Many clinicians I have spoke to believe that physicians have a much greater depth of scientific background than PAs. That makes sense as they are the ones supervising us. So I want to propose a question, what is your opinion on this?
I understand that while MD/DO programs have 2 years of didactic courses (eq. to 4 semesters), PA programs have 1 year of didactic courses (but is eq. to 3 semesters). We do not have summers off. Furthermore, PA programs have most of the prerequisites that MD/DO programs have (except physics) and more. PAs have to take anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and genetics. So it might not be necessary that we spend as much time in those subjects as MD/DO programs.
In the end, I really don't think duration of the didactic portion that contributes to difference in scientific depth, but perhaps the intensity does. So I propose question #2, how much more intense do you think MD/DO programs are in terms of the didactic curriculum.
My second theory is that they have much more difficult tests than PAs. Does anyone have any experience with MCAT, step 1 and 2, or other boards that they have to take? How do these exams compare to the difficulty of the PANCE?
For practicing PAs, do you feel like your knowledge is any less of those of your supervising physicians?